It's been a wonderful first year at our boutique in St. Kevin's Arcade so far, and we're just as excited about the new year ahead! 2015 has been a delight. We've really enjoyed embracing the vintage & Rockabilly community within NZ, and becoming a part of such inspirational events. We have been lucky to meet, and collaborate with so many unique and talented models, designers and business owners!
We moved into our little shop in April, and since then we've delighted in extending our colourful range of New Zealand made, and imported vintage reproduction clothing & accessories.
2015 has brought with it many highlights. Our very first market event was at The Very Vintage Day Out 2015; The most wonderful day of the year for vintage lifestyle enthusiasts!
It was a fab day out at Alexander Park, beautiful vintage frocks at every turn, nostalgic music playing from the stage, teacups clinking on saucers.. what more could you wish for? We also had a lot of fun at the Tiki Party after party the next day, where we chatted with Miss Monique Sweet from VVTV!
Rita Sue had it's first combined fashion show event with Linda McCarthy in St. Kevin's Arcade just a month after we moved into the shop! Our models did an amazing job bringing our collections to life on the runway.
Poster image from the 'Now & Then' Fashion Show with Linda McCarthy Studio back in June.
Models from left to right: Fiona Tarlton, Bethany Starr, The TwinUps: Miss Charlotte Cake & Soda Fontaine, and Miss Lorelei Louise!
We were also thrilled to have an article written about us in 'RetroBomb Magazine' early on in the year, featuring gorgeous pinup photographs by Mark Greenmantle! This issue is still available to purchase in store or on our website here.
The Rita Sue Ladies; Cathy Warden, Miss Charlotte Cake, Miss Victory Violet, Miss Opal, and Soda Fontaine!Photographs by Mark Greenmantle Photography. We had an awesome start to October with Miss Charlotte Cake's Spring Fling, where we had our second fashion show of the year, showcasing our Spring dresses!
Miss Charlotte Cake, Soda Fontaine, Briar Engel, Miss Lola Fondant, Miss Lorelei Louise, Samantha Keen & Miss Lily Kate modeling at The Street Food Collective for the Rita Sue Spring Fling Fashion Show!
Soon after that we were a part of the body-positive, Lovely Larger Ladies Event at Ironbank. We were overjoyed to show our dresses at the fashion show, along with other boutiques specializing in plus size fashion for fuller ladies!
Snaps of our collection at the Lovely Larger Ladies runway, photographs taken by Alex Briones.
Then in November we were off to Hamilton for the Atomic Market - for all things Rockabilly & Vintage, held just outside the Classics Musuem & Jukebox Diner.
Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015, Bettie Rage, wearing the Lesley-Ann Dress at Atomic Market!
Then we finished the year off with a blast at our shop in St. Kevin's Arcade for First Thursdays: The Silver Screen Edition!
Rita Sue Clothing had the pleasure of being involved in the Lovely Larger Ladies fashion event organized by Jessica Jo S Closet, and Regina & Peachtree earlier in the month!
Lovely Larger Ladies is an exclusive fashion event that was created to showcase some of New Zealand's plus-size fashion designers and retailers, aiming to broaden fashion choices that are available to fuller figured women across the country!
The Lovely Larger Ladies event featured on Coconet TV!
Snaps of our dresses on the runway, photographs taken by Alex Briones.
Rita Sue has been so proud to be a part of this event! We absolutely encourage women of all shapes & sizes to embrace their bodies & enjoy fashion that makes them feel good.
Thanks to everyone who made the event such a huge success, and to the beautiful ladies who strutted their stuff wearing Rita Sue Clothing on the runway!
It was a perfectly Summery Sunday at The Street Food Collective. Fresh ice cream was being brewed in the kitchens, cool cocktails were flowing, and a delicious range of nibbles were on offer; from fresh tacos to sweet smores! The venue was brightly decorated in red, blue and white, with beautiful potted plants courtesy of Miss Charlotte Cake which were available for guests to take home!
We had a fabulous time at our wee stall - thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to watch our fashion show in the afternoon! Our stunning models did an amazing job of showcasing our Spring favourites by Vanessa Kelly, Zoe Vine, Pinup Girl Clothing, and Collectif! All designs featured are available to purchase.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising the event: The Street Food Collective, The Pie Piper, Miss Charlotte Cake, DJ Carl, our gorgeous models, and also to Danielle from Devel & Katherine from The Undefined Photography for the beautiful photos of the day!
You'll be spellbound by our gorgeous outfit picks for Halloween 2015!
Miss Charlotte Cake wears the Voodoo Vixen dress in green lamé by Deadly Dames. Available to purchase at our web-store here.
Soda Fontaine wears the Penny top by Collectif and Beatrice skirt in black & white spots by Vanessa Kelly Clothing. Top available to purchase at our web-store here. Skirt available in store!
Soda Fontaine wears the Alika wiggle dress in red by Tatyana Boutique. Available to purchase at our web-store here.
Miss Charlotte Cake wears the Diva dress in red polka dot print by Steady Clothing. Available to purchase at our web-store here.
Miss Charlotte Cake wears the Victoria dress in sugar skull print. Soda Fontaine wears the Harper dress in emerald green with sugar skull accents. Both dresses designed by Vanessa Kelly and are available in store!
Thanks to the TwinUps, Soda Fontaine & Miss Charlotte Cake for featuring in our Halloween Lookbook for 2015!
Rita Sue Clothing will be unveiling gorgeous Spring designs by Vanessa Kelly Clothing (NZ), and new dresses from designer Zoe Vine (London) at The Spring Fling on the 25th of October... along with other beautiful summer styles from your favorite Pin-up brands!
The 'Millie' Dress by Zoe Vine The 'Audrey' Dress by Zoe Vine
We're oh-so-excited about our brand new website! We hope you enjoy browsing through our collections online.. and reading our fresh new blog about what we're up to! Of course you can still visit us in person at our store at St. Kevin's Arcade in Auckland City if you're in the area (pop on over to our Visit Us page for map & parking details)!
There are loads of fun and exciting Spring events coming up this month - including the Spring Fling, organised by one of our fabulous models, Miss Charlotte Cake!
The Spring Fling will be held on Sunday the 25th of October at The Street Food Collective in Grey Lynn! Be prepared to eat all the freshly baked pies you can get your hands on; The Pie Piper will have you sorted! Sit back and relax with family or friends, and certainly don't miss our Rita Sue fashion show!
Our stunning group of models will be showcasing our gorgeous new Spring outfits. And we will have a wee stall nearby if you'd like to purchase any of the outfits you see on the day!
Many more awesome events are in store for October! Make sure you check our blog posts and Facebook page for updates.